Main Exhibit: 6 New Museum Spaces

Main Exhibit: 6 New Museum Spaces
Main Exhibit: 6 New Museum Spaces

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Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci

The Luigi Pecci Center opened in the Tuscan city of Prato in 1988 and became the first cultural institution in Italy built from scratch to exhibit contemporary art. The museum's collection was replenished with works by Anish Kapoor, Jan Fabre and Saul Levitt, and by the mid-2000s it became clear that there was not enough exhibition space. The Dutch architect Maurice Nio undertook to implement the expansion project. He came up with the idea of ​​adding a new wing to the old museum building - in the shape of a giant horseshoe. To prevent the art space from getting lost in the hills of Tuscany, its facade and roof were covered with several thousand shimmering aluminum profiles. The construction of the new wing of the center took nine years, and the first exhibition entitled “The End of the World” opens in it only now, in October.

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Wine Museum Cité du Vin

A decanter, a cow's horn and a glass with wine flowing down its walls. The futuristic-looking building of the Cité du Vin Wine Museum, which opened on June 1, 2016 in the capital of the world winemaking, Bordeaux, was compared to other things. "Wine Guggenheim", which is how the new cultural and gastronomic institution has already been dubbed, was erected on the banks of the Garonne River by the project of the Parisian architectural bureau XTU Architects. The construction took eight years and required an investment of $ 81 million. Glued timber has become one of the main materials of the building. This is both a reference to the casks that are indispensable in winemaking, and a tribute to the fashionable green building today. The museum's multimedia exposition tells the history of world winemaking, and a tasting is included in the ticket price.

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New wing of the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art

In May 2016, a new wing of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened to the public, integrated into the historic SFMoMA building and doubling the exhibition space. Its construction was carried out by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, the range of projects of which is wide: from the reconstruction of Times Square to the creation of new banknotes in Norway. The Snøhetta inspired by the waves and the fog of San Francisco Bay and built a 10-storey building with white embossed facades. Open terraces appeared at different levels of the museum, one of which was decorated with the largest green wall in the United States of several thousand living plants.

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new building of the Whitney Museum of American Art

On May 1, 2015, the new Whitney Museum of American Art opened between the High Line entrance and the Hudson Waterfront. He moved here from Madison Avenue with his collection of more than 20 thousand exhibits. Whitney's new home was designed by Renzo Piano, famous for his museum buildings. He came up with a stepped snow-white structure, like a piece of an iceberg washed ashore. Piano created a space without supporting columns, making it possible to change the parameters of the halls for specific exhibitions, and allowed himself only one decorative "excess" - steel stairs, which became a kind of paraphrase of fire escapes from New York facades.

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New wing of Tate Modern

For the first time, they started talking about the fact that the Tate Modern gallery needed to expand its exhibition spaces back in the mid-2000s. But the plan was realized only a decade later. The new 10-storey wing of the Tate Modern was designed by architects from the Swiss bureau Herzog & de Meuron. According to one of them - Jacques Herzog, it turned out to be a cross between "a pyramid in the stage of disintegration and a pyramid still under construction." The new art space, which cost £ 260 million and increased the exhibition space of the Tate Modern by 60%, has already been dubbed the country's most important cultural site since the British Library… In the wing of the Switch House, a special room for performances was equipped, and a circular observation deck was placed on the tenth floor.

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Opening Soon: Audemars Piguet Founders House Museum

The first private museum of the Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet opened in 1992 in a historic building owned by the Audemars family. Its collection includes more than 1,300 rare watches created by the manufacture over the years. Several years ago it was decided to expand the space and build a new home for the museum. In 2014, Audemars Piguet announced a competition in which the project of the Danish bureau BIG won… The architects were faced with a difficult task. The watch manufactory was not satisfied with the classical museum. The company wanted to see a project that would combine the old and new buildings and organically fit into the landscape of the Joux Valley and the village of Le Brassus. The museum project had to be coordinated with local residents. According to the Le Brassus rules, roofs of houses must have an angle of inclination between 40 and 60 degrees, and the BIG project violated this rule. It is planned to erect the building of the House of Founders, and this is how the new museum will be called, in the next couple of years, but for now they continue to replenish its future collection. Every year they buy something new at Audemars Piguet. One of the most recent acquisitions is a pocket watch with a perpetual calendar from the 1920s. Get into the Founders Houseand it will be possible to view the exhibits with a guide by prior arrangement, and a few days a year the museum is planned to be open for everyone.>

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